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Helen Clay Frick : bittersweet heiress

by Sanger, Martha Frick Symington.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 27 Libraries 34 of 35 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 92 FRICK Helen
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 92 Frick Helen Clay
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Frick
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CLP - Downtown and Business First Floor - Biographies q N5220. F67 S26 2008
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CLP - Sheraden Biographies q N5220.F67 S26 2008
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Biography oversize B Fri
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 92 Fric
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Local Interest PEN 92 Fric
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Non Fiction Oversized Q B F911s
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport - White Oak Biography B F911s
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction 92 FRICK
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Western Pennsylvania Collection WPA 92 FRI
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Crafton Public Library Oversize Books 92 BIO FRICK 2008 CRAFTON OVERSIZE
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Monroeville Public Library Oversize 92 FRICK
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Moon Township Public Library Biography OVERSIZE B FRICK Helen
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 709.2 San
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Northern Tier Regional Library Biography BIO FRICK
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Northland Public Library Biography B FRICK
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Pennsylvania Shelf PA SH B FRI
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Penn Hills Library Oversize q 92 FRI
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Pittsburgh q 92 F89 Pgh
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Plum Community Library Adult Biography 92 FRI
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Sewickley Public Library Biography B FRICK 2008
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Oversize 92 FRICK Helen Clay
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Biography & Memoir 92 FRICK Helen Clay
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 92 FRI LOCAL
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Closed Reference (Please ask for assistance) rq N5220.F67 S26 2008
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Shaler North Hills Library Biography STORAGE
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Summary

In 1919, at the age of thirty-one, Helen Clay Frick inherited $38 million, becoming the richest single woman in America. These riches, however, came at a price. Helen's tumultuous early life was shaped by her father's infamy as a union strikebreaker and the ensuing attempt on his life, her mother's debilitating depression, and the death of her older sister and newborn brother about a year apart. Despite these events, Helen built a luminous legacy through her lifelong commitment to social welfare, the environment, and a supreme devotion to the visual arts.

Helen's philanthropy touched the lives of thousands. Her contributions included a vacation home for young female textile workers, two wildlife preserves, one a public wilderness park, a Victorian-era house museum, a pre-Civil War historic Mennonite village, a university fine arts department, two art history libraries, and the purchase of many significant works of art for her private collection, the Frick Collection in New York, the University of Pittsburgh teaching collection, and the Frick Art Museum.

Through extensive period research and singular access to Frick family archives and Helen Clay Frick's personal writings, Martha Frick Symington Sanger fashions a multifaceted portrait of a complex, often misunderstood, yet indomitable humanitarian, philanthropist, and cultural force in twentieth-century America.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For obvious reasons, relatives of famous people often write poor biographies of them. Sanger, however, is the consummate professional in this fair, warts-and-all portrait of her great-aunt, Helen Clay Frick, the steel-industry heiress, art patron, and champion of New York's famed Frick Collection and its related art reference library. Miss Frick grew up as the apple of her wealthy father's eye, then spent the rest of her life zealously safeguarding his legacy, often at considerable personal expense. She cared deeply about many forms of art and spent millions on philanthropy, yet she could also be a royal pain, quarreling with almost everyone (including her jealous older brother, Childs, and, later, John D. Rockefeller Jr., who sat on the Frick Collection board) and nursing a multitude of grudges and blind spots. She loathed modern art. And although her own father was of German Swiss stock, she despised Germans (even Jews who fled the Nazis), refusing to allow access to the Frick library. This last quirk led some to dismiss her as an arrogant kook, but, as Sanger puts it, She simply did not care. --Nance, Kevin Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Frick, Helen Clay, -- 1888-1984.
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States -- Biography.
Philanthropists -- United States -- Biography.
Women philanthropists -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Pittsburgh, PA :University of Pittsburgh Press,2008
Language English
Description xiv, 391 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-373) and index.
ISBN 9780822943419 (cloth : alk. paper)
0822943417 (cloth : alk. paper)
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